Wellness Lifestyle from Sunny FLA

7 Victoria and Albert Trends That Became Tradition

Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert were serious trendsetters- if they lived today they would be “trending” on social media.  As the Queen of England and her consort, the power they had over popular culture and trends was pretty serious, and similar to William and Kate’s influence today.  I thnik that Victoria and Albert had even more power, as there were not as many competing factors.

Like Will and Kate today, Victoria and Albert were immensely popular and deeply in love.  Everything they wore or did became an instant fad and was copied the world over.  Sadly, Albert died young at the age of 42 and Victoria was heartbroken.  She wore black everyday for the rest of her life.  She died in 1901 at the age of 82.

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February is Victorian!

Here at Orange Tree headquarters I’ve been working on a new way to organize my thoughts and be more cohesive in my posts and content on the blog.  In that line of thinking, I’ve decided to work in monthly themes.  I’ll pick a historical time period or event as the focus of the month; then all posts that month will have something to do with that time period or event.  I’m hopeful that you, my readers, will enjoy a more ordered and purposeful historical reading experience.  If you have a favorite time period or event that you’d like to know more about let me know; I’d be glad to make it the theme for a month!

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Canary Girls: Making Shells, Turning Yellow

OK- this is a little bizarre and totally would never happen in this day and age- but during WWI some women working in weapons manufacturing in England turned yellow.  Yellow?  Yep, yellow- their skin turned yellow and their hair turned highlighter orange.  It was so common they were nicknamed “canary girls”.  Some of them even claimed their baby’s were born yellow too.  Why were they yellow and why was this OK???

During WWI weapons factories filled up with women, because the men were all away fighting.  These girls were the predecessors to “Rosie the Riveter”.  In England they were affectionately known as Munitionettes.  Cute right?  They sound like a cheerleading squad- I bet they had cute outfits right?!?  Seriously though, they worked in extreme conditions, long hours, handling dangerous chemicals, in a time when the technology was new and largely untested.  These girls were BRAVE.  Doing their bit for the war effort and the fight for women’s equality.

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8 Powerful Propaganda Images from WWI

I’ve written previously on the subject of WWI.  I find this war intensely interesting and spend a lot of my free time reading and researching the subject.  Propaganda from the war is particularly of interest to me, and it’s use was wide spread during the war.  Both sides embraced propaganda as both a recruitment tool and morale booster.  The following photos show propaganda from some of the major players involved in the conflict- Britain, France, Germany, Austro-Hungary, and The United States.  Each country has their own unique style, and their propaganda reflects their culture and the mindset of their countrymen at the time.

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The Real Cupid- Not So Innocent

Valentine’s day is just about a month away.  Hearts, flowers, candy, valentine’s, and little cherubic Cupids are beginning to adorn the aisles of Target and Publix.  Cute little Cupid is basically the modern symbol of Valentine’s Day.  He’s everywhere and he’s so cute, innocently flying around shooting loving couples with his golden arrows.  Causing love to abound everywhere- beautiful and sweet.  Here he is:

Sweet CupidHe looks so cute and innocent- positively angelic. But, who is he really?  Is he a modern invention or an ancient creation?  Maybe the Victorians invented him? After all they popularized Valentine’s Day.

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World War I Fiction for Downton Abbey Lovers

World War I historical fiction for fans of Downton AbbeySeasons 1 and 2 of my beloved and favorite T.V. series ever- Downton Abbey- take place right before and during the Great War (WWI).  We see Downton turned into a hospital for wounded officers.  Which, actually did happen at Highclere Castle (the real Downton Abbey).  We see Matthew Crawley and other men from the estate head off to the front.  And we experience just a hint at the heartache that this war doled out all over Europe.

From 1914-1918 the men of Europe and their colonial “partners”, later joined by the U.S., slaughtered each other in a particularly brutal fashion.  This war was stomach turning- violent, deadly, and inhumane.  All wars are such, but WWI seems to embody these characteristics in such an extreme way that it is hard to comprehend.  WWII is the only other human experience that I think can beat it, with the American Civil War coming in a close third place.

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10 Tips for Essential Oils Beginners

10 tips for beginnersAs you know… I LOVE my essential oils.  I love to read about their historical past and how ancient people used them.  I love how they smell and how they make me feel uplifted and energetic.  I LOVE that they WORK and they help everyone in my family (including the dog) to feel better, be healthier, and happier!

If you’re new (or not ) to oils I’ve created a list of 10 tips to you should know before starting out.

  1.  Using essential oils is also called Aromatherapy.  It literally means “treatment using scents”.  In the 1920’s French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse, while studying plant oils “re-discovered” their healing properties and coined the term “aromatherapie”.
  2. Each oil has it’s own unique chemical make up- which gives it it’s unique scent and healing properties.
  3. When applied to the skin they begin to work immediately and travel throughout the blood stream.
  4. Oils affect the entire body- they elevate mood and restore physical health at the same time.
  5. They were used in ancient Egypt, China, and Greece.  In fact the father of modern medicine Hippocrates used them in his practice.
  6. It is believed by historians that they made their way to Western Europe in the Middle Ages with Crusaders returning home from the Crusades.
  7. They should be stored in dark glass bottles and kept away from heat and light.  Heat, light, and plastic will make them less potent.
  8. They are all antiseptic.
  9. When applying to your skin always use a carrier oil (i.e. coconut oil)
  10. They are entirely NATURAL! They are distilled or pressed from the leaves, petals, roots or bark of a plant.

Questions or comments?  I’d be glad to hear from you!!  Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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